So a few months ago I was sitting around feeling really sorry for myself because one of my best friends is getting married in June, and there was no possible way I could attend the wedding. I knew when I married Tanner that I would move back to Canada…and I was excited to live close to family again and all that, but I didn’t expect to feel so separated and alone from the amazing friends I’ve made throughout the years I’ve lived in the states.
*BOOM POW* enter miracle. Looooooooooong story short, my little sister is going to Africa this summer (she’s superwoman basically), and she needed someone to drive her car back to Canada for the summer. SO my mom and I schemed to make a trip out of it!
So a couple of weeks of ago we embarked on one freakin long car ride for a week of visits and adventures.
Our trip just happened coordinate with Women’s Conference at BYU. I haven’t been since I was about 18, so I was excited for the opportunity. Not to mention I think I appreciated it a lot more this time around.
Like I mentioned, I’ve felt separated from the many good friends I left in the states. I’ve been so so SO blessed with amazing friends during my university years, and have really missed having quality girl time in my life. I was lucky enough to be able to coordinate visits with so many of the women that have become important to me. It was great to talk recent (and upcoming!) weddings, soon-to-be babies, career choices, and upcoming moves. It is so fun that my core group of friends are all in this stage where we’ve found our hubbies- but about everything else in our lives are in a constant state of change!
We also got to visit my grandparents on Temple Square, in Salt Lake City. They’re serving a church history mission for 18 months. They work everyday with old records, helping to digitalize them and make them public. I lived close to my grandparents all throughout university, so it’s been hard being so far away from them as well. It was so fun to see them serving and working so hard on their mission. I sure am grateful to have them set such a great example for me.
Speaking of heritage- while at temple square, my grandma took us to the Discovery Center. OhEmGee…so cool. You sign in your family history account, and then it pulls out your information into different formats. It made it so easy to look through your family history and read stories about your very own ancestors. I really want to take husband some time so I can learn all about my new side of family I’m connected to.
The climax of our trip was sending this amazing, fearless, beautiful person off to Uganda for the summer! It was so exciting running around during the week making sure she had 100% deet mosquito repellent, malaria pills, and a myriad of other african-adventure essentials. She’s off to change lives for the summer, and I’m so proud of her! We had a moment of panic at the airport when her flights changed times…but it all worked out and I’m happy to report she’s landed safely and loving it already! If you want to check out her adventures, she’s even blogging about it at https://adventureeveryday12.wordpress.com !
And after a week of reliving all of our long-distance habits and spending more than 50 hours in the car, husband and I were reunited. And although I’m so grateful for the chance I had to see so many loved ones, I think I’ll stick by husband’s side for the next long while….we aren’t meant to be apart!